O'Garvin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Garvin originally appeared in Gaelic as O Gairbhin, derived from the word "garbh," which means "rough."

Early Origins of the O'Garvin family

The surname O'Garvin was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the O'Garvin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Garvin research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1527 and 1595 are included under the topic Early O'Garvin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'Garvin Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name O'Garvin dating from that time include Garvin, Garvey, Garwin, Garvine, Garven, Garvan, Garvy, Garvie, Garwen and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Garvin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the O'Garvin family

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the O'Garvin family relocated to North American shores quite early: James Garvey who settled in Virginia in 1680; Daniel Garvin, an 'enforced' Irish emigrant, sent to America in 1742; Patrick Garve, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.

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